Wes Brown to play for Blackburn Under 23’s aged 36, Wolves snap up loan pair John and Borthwick- Jackson and non-league match postponed due to swarm of birds


1. Blackburn Rovers have announced that former Manchester United and England defender Wes Brown is to play in their under-23’s match against Middlesbrough at the age of 36, after training with the squad all summer.

2. Siem de Jong will play in the same team as his brother Luuk after completing a move from Championship newcomers Newcastle United to Champions League qualifiers PSV Eindhoven.

3. Gordon Strachan has called up under-21 international and Hibernian midfielder John McGinn for Scotland’s senior World Cup qualifier against Malta, but there is no place in the squad for Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack.

4. Rangers manager Mark Warburton has strengthened his squad with the addition of Preston North End Striker Joe Garner. 28-year-old Garner was instrumental in North End’s 2014/15 promotion push but now joins the Scottish giants for an undisclosed fee.

5. Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers have completed a double signing, bringing in striker Ola John from Benfica and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from Manchester United, both on season-long loan deals.

6. Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy went on an extraordinary rant aimed at everyone from supporters to television companies after his team’s 1-1 ‘Old Farm’ derby draw against Norwich City. The former Republic of Ireland coach took exception to being labelled ‘boring’ by sections of the clubs fans (DailyMail).

7. For reasons best known to someone else, a severed bull’s head was thrown on to the pitch during Dynamo Dresden’s German Cup tie against local rivals Red Bull Leipzig. Perhaps it was a reference to an olde worlde English-themed pub in the town (Goal).

8. Thamesmead FC scored the most bizarre wind assisted goal you’re likely to see in a long time in their FA Cup preliminary round game against Guernsey. It has to be seen to be believed (WhoAteAllThePies).

9. Chester City’s Elliot Durrell stunned Boreham Wood during their National League game by producing a carbon copy of David Beckham’s infamous strike from the halfway line at Wimbledon (Mirror).

10. And finally…Bilsthorpe FC’s match at Collingham was postponed for the unique reason that the pitch had been damaged by a swarm of local birds. Football 0 Nature 1 (Twitter).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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